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The New Yorker February 17-24, 2020

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2 min.

Ian Parker (“The Really Big Picture,” p. 48) contributed his first piece to the magazine in 1992 and became a staff writer in 2000. Cecily Parks (Poem, p. 76) teaches at Texas State University. She is the author of the poetry collections “Field Folly Snow” and “O’Nights.” Julian Lucas (“The Fugitive Cure,” p. 40) is a writer and critic based in Brooklyn. Elizabeth C. Gorski (Puzzles & Games Dept., p. 83) is the founder of Crossword Nation and creates a daily puzzle for King Features Syndicate. Her crosswords have also appeared in the Times and the Wall Street Journal. Eren Orbey (The Talk of the Town, p. 28), a graduate student at Oxford, has contributed to The New Yorker since 2016. Caki Wilkinson (Poem, p. 54) will publish her third poetry collection, “The Survival Expo,”…

3 min.
the mail

DEMOCRACY, THEN AND NOW Jill Lepore’s report on the grassroots democracy debates that took place in the nineteen-thirties is a useful antidote to today’s widespread pessimism (“In Every Dark Hour,” February 3rd). But the question we must ask now is not what people might do to preserve democracy’s future but what democracy might do to preserve theirs. The surge of citizen engagement inspired by the bicentennial of the American Revolution, in the nineteen-seventies, offers a model. Communities from Maine to California gathered to discuss how they wanted their states or localities to look in the year 2000. They considered issues such as environmental sustainability, land use, race, and poverty. These conversations could have been the first steps toward a political culture of truly democratic exchange. But after Ronald Reagan was elected,…

38 min.
goings on about town: this week

Ellen Reid, whose arresting opera “prism” won a Pulitzer in 2019, joins the New York Philharmonic for the première of “When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist,” Feb. 20-22, at David Geffen Hall. Reid wrote the piece for “Project 19,” a multiyear series honoring the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, for which the Philharmonic has commissioned works from nineteen distinguished women composers. The initiative also presents Tania León’s “Stride,” nestled among warhorses by Brahms and Strauss, Feb. 13-18. ART “A New MOMA” Museum of Modern Art The Vatican, Kremlin, and Valhalla of modernism has reopened, after an expansion that adds forty-seven thousand square feet and many new galleries. Far more, though still a fraction, of MOMA’s nonpareil collection is now on display, arranged roughly chronologically but studded with such mutually provoking juxtapositions…

3 min.
tables for two: kochi

The other night at Kochi, a new Korean restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, I decided to conduct an experiment. Dinner here is tasting-menu-only: nine courses, most of them skewers, from the chef Sungchul Shim, who worked at Per Se and Neta. At seventy-five dollars, it seemed, compared with similar offerings, to be unusually reasonably priced—half as much, for instance, as the skewer tasting menu at Torien, a new spinoff of a renowned Tokyo yakitori bar. And yet my server pushed, if gently, a handful of steeply priced supplements: osetra caviar, black truffles, uni, Wagyu beef. Were they necessary? Was this a hundred-and-fifty-dollar tasting menu posing as a seventy-five-dollar one? Was I in danger of being suckered by a marketing ploy? I’d find out, by declining them all on my first visit…

5 min.
comment: after impeachment

On January 23, 2017, Donald Trump’s fourth day as President, he met with congressional leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House. “You know, I won the popular vote,” he started off, and then repeated the calumny that Hillary Clinton had received three to five million illegal votes, owing to fraud. “That’s not true,” Nancy Pelosi replied, according to “A Very Stable Genius,” the recently published account of the Trump Presidency by the Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. “If we’re going to work together,” Pelosi said, “we have to stipulate to a certain set of facts.” Steve Bannon, then Trump’s chief strategist, who was in the room, whispered to colleagues, “She’s going to get us. Total assassin.” Pelosi did become one of Trump’s most unflinching adversaries,…

4 min.
oxford postcard: bernie’s bro

Next month, American expatriates all over the world will vote in the Democrats Abroad primary, which awards delegates to the Democratic National Convention. In 2016, Bernie Sanders won the expat vote handily, snapping up nine delegates to Hillary Clinton’s four. At that year’s convention, in Philadelphia, the last delegate to cast his vote for Bernie was also the candidate’s brother, Larry Sanders, who has lived in England for the past five decades. He travelled back home to pledge his support. “It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders,” Larry announced, choking up, and using the nickname for his little brother, whom he usually calls Bernard. “In the back of my mind, I knew it was such a long shot,” Larry said, last week, of his brother’s…